MA Degree

The Graduate Program in History is designed for students who intend to complete the doctoral degree in our program. Consequently, our graduate program does not typically admit students who want to complete a terminal MA program only.  If your goal is to get a terminal MA in History, you should look elsewhere for a graduate program that accommodates your needs. 

Applicants who do not possess a Master’s Degree in History will normally be admitted to our graduate program at the MA level.  

The Master of Arts degree is normally the student's first professional degree in History. Because work at this stage will usually constitute the student's introduction to the profession, and the Department's introduction to the student, the course work and review procedures undertaken at this stage are of special importance.

Masters students may choose to complete a two-field MA in which students select two fields from a single division, or a cross-divisional MA in which student select two fields but from two different divisions.

Upon successful completion of the MA degree, students are eligible to apply for promotion to the department's Ph.D. program.